By Kyle Anderson
June 21, 2012 at 04:43 PM EDT

In today’s media universe, there are two ways to get big. The first is to put your heart into your craft, work tirelessly toward promoting that art, and associate yourself with like-minded individuals who will help push and challenge you as you move forward.

Or you can just talk to a magazine and say some terrible things about people more famous than you.

In a not-at-all-surprising turn of events, international superstar and electronic head piece enthusiast deadmau5 (real, less silly name: Joel Zimmerman) spent part of his interview in the new issue of Rolling Stone talking smack about Madonna and David Guetta.

For those of you who might not pay attention to the ramblings of a DJ, Zimmerman got upset a few months ago when Madonna made references to “molly” (slang for the active ingredient in ecstasy) at the Ultra Music Festival. He took to Twitter to blast her, and apparently it still sticks in his craw. “That’s like talking about slavery at a blues concert,” Zimmerman told Rolling Stone. He also referred to the Material Girl as a “funky grandma.”If you’re gonna come into my world, at least do it with a little more dignity,” he added.

He wasn’t done tearing down other people who have helped make his brand of music profitable and palpable for the pop masses. “David Guetta has two iPods and a mixer and he just plays tracks,” Zimmerman said. “Like, ‘Here’s one with Akon, check it out!’ Even Skrillex isn’t doing anything too technical. He has a laptop and a MIDI recorder, and he’s just playing his s—.”

Making friends and influencing people—that’s the deadmau5 way!

What do you think of his attacks on Madonna, Guetta, and Skrillex? Does Madonna owe it to anybody, considering she was mainstreaming dance music well before Zimmerman knew what a crossfade was? And isn’t comparing getting high at a rave to slavery a pretty absurdly facile analogy? Actually, we’ll go ahead and answer that last one: Yes. Yes it is.


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Review: Deadmau5, 4 X 4 = 12